To the Editor:
We have been led to believe by the McHenry Police Department that when a citizen calls to report a crime or suspicious activity that the police do not have a caller ID of who is calling on the nonemergency phone number.
It appears this is not true.
A few weeks ago, I called to report a crime by a house that was breaking the law. I stated the nature of the crime to the police dispatcher, who asked whether I wanted to see the officer and give my name. I stated "no" for safety.
I heard the dispatcher talking to the police officer who was to respond to my complaint and my name was used against my wishes over the air. So I ask how did they know my name if no caller ID was used?
This goes against the statement by McHenry Police that a caller's identity is not used on the nonemergency telephone line. This is clearly a violation of a citizen's request to remain anonymous and my civil rights.
Beware, citizens of McHenry. You clearly cannot count on the police not using your name upon request, and they do have a caller ID on this nonemergency line.
When I wrote an email to Chief Jones for an explanation on how this could happen, to this date, I have never received a call or email back regarding this most serious violation of my privacy and safety.